Gates Backed Massachusetts “Education Non-Profit” Seeks to Silence Voter Voices

You cannot swing a dead cat these days without hitting a Bill Gates funded “Education Non-Profit” these days.

Case in point, what is happening in Massachusetts with their ballot question. The Massachusetts Business Alliance (MBA) recently filed an appeal to block Massachusetts voters from voting on whether or not to keep the controversial Common Core standards.

Massachusetts voters should be asking the question: Who is funding this lawsuit?

MBA over the last four years has been largely Gates backed, with three grants. The most recent one is in 2015 for $350k attributed to “operating expenses”. Are lawsuits part of “operating expenses”?

Of note, there is a  huge list of MBA contributors at the end of this document. Perhaps these contributions are funding the hiring of a very pricey law firm aimed at silencing voter voices?

A check of MBA’s IRS 990 filings shows the following:

FY 2015 – 350K from Gates, 859,200 in contributions
FY 2014 – No Gates Donation, 777,250 in contributions
FY 2013 – 250k from Gates, 455,705 in contributions
FY 2012 – 151,431 from Gates, 255,563 in contributions

Let’s look at the plaintiffs in this suit.

Stephanie Gray
President of Mass. PTA.
Robert Antonucci 
Former Education Commissioner for Mass (in the 90’s).
Bill Walczak
On Board of MBA, VP Community Relations Shawmut Design & Construction
Codman Academy Charter School
Diane Kelly
New superintendent of Revere Schools.
B. John Dill
Cole Brook Real Estate.

Kalimah Rahim
English teacher. Big love for the PARCC.
Cited in the Boston Globe in 2015.
April West
Had a hard time finding this one.  She is a principal at Berkshire Arts Technology School.
Beverly Holmes
Sr. VP at MassMutual Financial
Appointed to Elementary and Secondary board in 2008 by the governor. (Gov. Deval Patrick appointee)
More here.
Jacinthe Albani
Board of Mass. PTA.
Vanessa Calderon- Rosado
Also former member of Elementary and Secondary board. (Gov. Deval Patrick appointee)
Extensive Bio here.
 * This article has been updated.